The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and IT provider CHAMP Cargosystems establish a joint working group aimed at developing a sustainability program for the air cargo industry. It’s a long-term partnership that includes the launch of an annual global sustainability award, both sides announce.
In a joint release, TIACA and CHAMP emphasizes that together they intend to develop, promote, and support several campaigns to tackle challenges connected to the three pillars of sustainability.
Broadly speaking, this refers to programs, actions, and initiatives aimed at preserving the environment, the economy and the society. All three features, in no particular order, have to be
balanced so that one doesn't destroy another.
With regard to the TIACA and CHAMP advance this means that sustainable development should be able “to meet the business needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to find solutions to their own commercial challenges,” explains Steven Polmans, incoming Chairman of TIACA and Director Cargo and Logistics at Brussels Airport Company. He adds to this in an appeal that sounds like a wake-up call: “In the aviation and air cargo logistics sector, in common with all parts of our society, sustainability has an increasingly important role to play.”
The role of the Sustainability Committee initiated by TIACA is to act as a working group, for elaborating and presenting a program and to monitor the delivery of projects supported by the
Committee members. The participants will be nominated in the following weeks. This also applies to the details of the criteria and the judging system.
TIACA further pledges to organize at least one panel discussion or presentation focused on sustainability at each of the association’s events, with the next one taking place in Budapest between November 20 and 22.
“Sustainability is a subject often considered in the development of our IT solutions like CO2 emission calculator solutions, integration, or paper free solutions for the air cargo industry but is
definitely not limited to this only,” states CEO Arnaud Lambert of CHAMP Cargosystems.
With regard to the TIACA partnership he says: “Our commitment stands to jointly create a program that will have a positive global outcome − first for society and then for business.”
Implementing strategies for achieving positive and substantial results in optimizing the global environmental footprint and minimizing logistics-related emissions or waste, for example,
can only be done in synergetic collaboration with all industry players, emphasizes Mr Arnaud. Ultimately, “each of us is responsible for tomorrow’s world and we are accountable for the future state of the Earth − not only for us, but also for those who will inherit it.”